What is it?

Osteomalacia, also referred to as soft bones, is when the bones are weak due to lack of Vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency usually occurs due to lack of sunlight exposure, digestive disorders or kidney disorders. Vitamin D participates in building the bones and when there is not enough of it, fractures may occur.

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Signs & symptoms

Symptoms include pain, bone fractures, and muscle weakness.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination. Further evaluation may include blood tests for vitamin D levels, X- rays, and bone density evaluation.


Treatment

Treatment includes vitamin D, calcium or phosphate supplements and getting enough sunlight.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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